10 must see places in Bali
Any time spent researching a destination before you part with your well earned money, is definitely time well spent. Reading around the experiences of others and places of interest will allow you to tailor the visit to your personal tastes. The last thing you want is to be stuck for hours on a boring museum tour, caught amidst a surge of angry shoppers or eating at the worst restaurants. Perhaps more importantly, a bit of research will ensure as you journey back home you can contently reminisce on your time away, completely regret free.
Bali is a small province in Indonesia of South East Asia. The Island measures just 2,175 square miles however packed between its coastlines are vast landscapes, from volcanoes and rocky coastlines to sandy beaches and picturesque hillsides, Bali evidently has a lot to offer.
Below I have outlined a handful of must see places in Bali and aims to be a quick guide to Bali in order to help kick-start your research and get you tailoring your Indonesian adventure specifically tailored to your personal tastes.
1. Kuta Beach
Kuta beach is a well-known paradise, noted worldwide for its fantastic surfing and stunning views. This renowned beauty spot however is also its curse, as in peak seasons it can get extremely busy so keep this in mind. To add to this, you should also expect a busy journey to the beach as a result of poor road conditions and traffic jams. However don’t let this stop you as there is room for everyone and it really is truly staggering. In fact it is often said “You have not seen Bali, if you have not seen Kuta Beach”.
2. Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK)
The GWK culture park has become a magnet for locals and visitors alike and it has only recently been completed. The main attraction of the park is the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue built by Nyoman Nuarta; it certainly has an imposing presence, standing over 150 meters tall and 64 meters wide. Just as impressive, however, are the statues of Wisnu and The Garuda bird which may not be a big but are incredibly detailled. There are also many facilities onsite such as the concerts venues, art galleries and cafés should you want to stop for a break and a bite to eat. These venues often host music events and festivals all year round ensuring there is always something new and interesting to see. If all this fun sounds like too much walking the you can also choose to explore the GWK Park by Segway making a the visit both culturally enriching and fun.
3. Enjoy the scenery of Mount Batur
Mount Batur is small yet impressive volcano on the island which is a breath taking spectacle and fascinating for the geology lovers out there. Perhaps even more majestic is the surroundings of the volcano, Lake (Danau) Batur is the largest mountain lake in Bali and it is truly awe-inspiring . The two sites combined of the volcano and the lake of Batur are considered an area of outstanding natural beauty so the area is well kept and free of any man made eyesores. Simply navigating the winding hillside roads which meanders the unsteady scenery will provide you with some absolutely jaw dropping views. There are many buses which travel around Batur which leave the surrounding villages such as Penelokan and Toya Bungkah.
4. Ubud International Village
Ubud is a remarkable town in centre of Bali, it is a must see for tourists, proven from its award of best tourist attraction in Asia. The town is surrounded by the usual aesthetics of paddy fields and steep ravines and is the host of much Island culture. Art is a prominent aspect of Ubud with exhibitions and art for sale everywhere you look. There are many walking and cycling routes which will take scenic paths through the gorgeous surround of Ubud. The culture and scenery coupled with amenities of restaurants and cafes makes Ubed a pleasurable town which is now a desired base for tourists wishing to explore island. Many tours can be organized through the luxury hotels in the area.
5. Sukawati Art Market
Sukwata is a serene and peaceful town and is home to a very well-known art market. The market spans two floors and predominantly sells art and other crafted goods. Even if you’re not buying, the market is sure to impress with the skill and passion which has been put into all the varied products. If you looking for a luxury souvenir or art piece you are in for a treat as there is a plethora of items of reasonable prices which are sure to make a memorable and lovable gift.
6. Tanah Lot
You have probably seen Tanah Lot without evening knowing, it has appeared in many advertisements and pictures of Bali due to its sheer beauty. Tanah lot is a rock formation just off the coast of Bali and is the home of a temple called the Pura Tanah Lot, which is partly sculpted from the rock itself. Steeped in history dating back to the 15th Century this temple is worth a visit.
7. Bali Safari Marine Park
If wildlife is your vice then Bali can offer you the Safir Marine Park. This recent addition was an instant hit with its great collection of animals. From Cheaters to Dolphins the park has a lot to see, all of which keenly promotes the parks mission of conservation.
8. Odyssey Submarine
Odyssey Submarine offers you a ‘voyage of fantasy’ and they are not wrong. The tour takes you to the depths of the ocean and shows you the amazing marine life of Bali, all without getting wet. It is located in Labuhan Amuk Karangasem close to Bali Padang Bay.
So whether you are just passing through or on a long vacation in one of Bali’s luxury hotels there is so many thing to see and do.
9. Sacred Monkey Forest
Another must see spot for many visitors to Indonesia, children in particular, is the mystical Sacred Monkey Forest, a nature reserve and temple complex that’s home to over 600 long-tailed macaques. Guests can get up close to the beautiful monkeys and feed them, while learning more about the sanctuary’s important conservation work.
10. Relax in a luxury spa
If all that exploring sounds like too much hard work, Ubud also has some 5 star luxury spas, where you can indulge in relaxing massages, facials and treatments. For example, the spa at the Chedi Club luxury resort has various private rooms that look out over rice paddies and the sunning scenery beyond. At the Chedi Club, guests can also enjoy spa treatments using organic products, have a sauna, or take a dip in the ice cold plunge pool whilst the children can enjoy entertaining art afternoon or energetic dance classes.